AC/DC “Jailbreak” from '74 Jailbreak (Sony 1984) —A young and hungry AC/DC figuring out their sound with a monster of a rock song.Buy it!
Thin Lizzy “Jailbreak” (Mercury 1976) —Tonight there's gonna be trouble somewhere in this town.Buy it!
Was (Not Was) “Dad I'm In Jail” from What Up, Dog? (Chrysalis 1988) —In the first year or so of KDHX, this was a perennial.Buy it!
The Coasters “Riot in Cell Block #9” from The Ultimate Coasters (Warner 1986) —I don't know if you can detect a theme early this morning, but these songs in the first bit of the show all fit together.Buy it!
Johnny Cash “Folsom Prison Blues” from The Sun Years (Rhino 1990) —He's not busting out. I guess he's sorry for what he did.Buy it!
Baby Out of Jail “The Knitters” from Poor Little Critter on the Road (Rhino 1985) —One of the best songs from this album that did as much as anything to introduce punks and new wavers to country music.Buy it!
Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock” from The Number One Hits (RCA 1961) —An obvious choice as long as we're in jail, but it's still a great record.Buy it!
Wynonie Harris “Good Morning Judge” from Bloodshot Eyes: the Best of Wynonie Harris (Rhino 1993) —If there's been trouble I will plead not guilty, it must be someone else, you know it can't be me.Buy it!
Prince Buster “Judge Dread” from FABulous Greatest Hits (SEQUEL 1980) —I wouldn't mess with this judge.Buy it!
The Clash “Jail Guitar Doors” from Super Black Market Clash (Epic 1993) —I always did love this Mick Jones single.Buy it!
James Brown “Prisoner of Love” from BALLADS (Polydor 2000) —Moving out of the real prisons into the metaphor.Buy it!
Otis Redding “Chained and Bound” from Live on the Sunset Strip (Stax/Concord 2010) —Nobody could make you feel the conflicted pleasure of bondage the way Otis could.Buy it!
Los Zafiros “Bossa Cubano” (Ekektra 1999) —Manuel Galban, guitarist for this excellent Cuban doo-wop group, passed away a few days ago. I couldn't find my copy of the record he did with Ry Cooder, but this early classic is worth revisiting.Buy it!
Paul Weller “Where'er You Go” from 22 Dreams (Island 2008) —One of the greatest moments of Weller's very long career - this song is stunningly beautiful.Buy it!
Marianne Faithfull “Why Did We Have to Part” from Horses And High Heels (Naive 2010) N —Not only does she sing great versions of other people's songs, she writes good ones herself!Buy it!
Eilen Jewell “Warning Signs” from Queen of the Minor Key (Signature Sounds Recording Company 2011) N —All hail Jerry Miller, Jewell's brilliant guitar player.Buy it!
Huey "Piano" Smith & His Clowns “Just a Lonely Clown” from This is Huey "Piano" Smith (Music Club 1998) —As Rob Wagoner said yesterday, you can't sustain a bad mood when these guys are playing.Buy it!
Johnny Pacheco “Dakar, Punta Final” from Fania Records 1964-1980 - The Original Latin Sound of New York (fania www.vampisoul.com 2011) N —I do love the salsa, even if I don't know enough about it. But generally, if it's on Fania, it's good stuff.Buy it!
Raul Malo “Every Little Thing About You” from Today (Omtown 2001) —Still the highlight of his very excellent career to date.Buy it!
Justin Trevino “When She Does Me Right” from Take One As Needed For Pain (Heart of Texas 2011) N —Always nice to find something new from this terrific country crooner.Buy it!
The Beat “Working Too Hard” from The Beat (Columbia 1979) —A succinct little blast of cowbell-fueled power pop - I saw these guys at Stages back when this song was new.Buy it!
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band “Midnight Moses” from Framed / Next (Vertigo 2002) —One of the greatest bands that deserves a bigger place in rock history books.Buy it!
Harry Nilsson “Daybreak” from Son of Schmilsson (RCA 1972) —Thanks to Rich Reese for supplying me with cowbell tracks on a week where for some reason they were eluding me elsewhere.Buy it!
Susan Cowsill “Just Believe It (for Kelly)” from Just Believe It (Blue Corn Music 2005) R —Susan Cowsill is appearing tonight at Off Broadway, an early show which alas, I will have to miss. But you should go if you can - she's great.Buy it!
Painkillers “A New Head” from Painkillers (Euclid 2011) N L —Look at the birds. Where did that bit come from?Buy it!
Liam Finn “Roll of the Eye” from Fomo (Yep Roc 2011) N —I'm liking this record more and more, slowly but surely it's winning me to it.Buy it!
The Dirty Projectors “Rise Above” (Rough Trade 2007) —Completely unrecognizable cover of the Black Flag song - I found this sitting on my itunes, don't think I ever heard it before. Cat must have put it there.Buy it!
Paul Simon “Dazzling Blue” from So Beautiful or So What (Universal 2011) N —Still my fave album of the year.Buy it!
Leonard Cohen “First We Take Manhattan” from Live In London CD ALBUM (Columbia 2009) —One of the greatest live albums ever.Buy it!
The Grass Roots “Let's Live For Today” from Anthology: 1965-1975 (Rhino 1991) —Rob Grill, lead singer for most of the many line-ups of the Grass Roots, passed away a few days ago. I always enjoyed these records.Buy it!
The Grass Roots “Sooner or Later” from Anthology: 1965-1975 (Rhino 1991) —Back when I was 12 and this was new, I thought this was the absolute cat's pajamas. Bet I played this record 200 times that year.Buy it!
Los Lobos “Good Morning Aztlan” from Good Morning Aztlán CD ALBUM (Mammoth/Fontana Mammoth 2002) —One of the toughest grooves in a career of tough grooves (among many other things, of course).Buy it!
Bob Dylan “High Water (For Charley Patton)” from Love and Theft (Columbia 2001) —Ten years ago? This album is ten years old? How did that happen?Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Too Little Too Late” from Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm (Vanguard 2009) —Alejandro captures the earnest side of Doug Sahm here.Buy it!
Dave Alvin “Johnny Ace is Dead” from Eleven Eleven (Yep Roc 2011) N —The second best song ever written with Johnny Ace's name in the title.Buy it!
John Henry & The Engine “Rations” from Sad Face of Yours (John Henry & The Engine 2011) N L —St. Louis band with a big pop/rock thing going for them.Buy it!
Blackie and the Radio Kings “How Come You Treat Me So Bad” from Kings and Queens (Dramatico 2011) N —Janiva Magness kicks these guys into a higher gear.Buy it!
Over the Rhine “Undamned” from The Long Surrender (GSD 2011) N —Help me to get my world undamned - with guest vocalist Lucinda Williams.Buy it!
MC5 “Let Me Try” from Back In the USA (Atlantic 1970) —Sometimes I forget these guys could nail an r'n'b ballad as well as they could rock out.Buy it!
Carla Thomas “I Like What You're Doing (To Me)” from Stax Profiles (stax 2006) —A typically terrific Carla Thomas single from the Stax factory.Buy it!
Eddie Hinton “We Got It” from Very Extremely Dangerous (Capricorn 1978) —You've heard his guitar, you've probably heard his songs, but you've rarely heard his own great recordings.Buy it!
Steve Cropper “Messin' Up” from Dedicated: A Salute to The 5 Royales (429 2011) N —Cropper puts together an all-star tribute to the 5 Royales. This cut features Sharon Jones!Buy it!
Little Feat “Oh, Atlanta” from Feats Don't Fail Me Now (Warner 1974) —One of the many classics from these guys in a short period back then.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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